Religious Connotation In Blake's The Tyger

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Register to read the introduction… He instead adopted his own version of Christianity to follow and live by. Many of his works contain religious connotations. One such religious work is his poem, “The Tyger,” published in his Songs of Experience collection in 1794. The imagery in the poem is strikingly beautiful, but is simultaneously dark and ominous. The focus of the poem is the questioning of the creation of the “tyger,” this creature representing the manifestation of evil as a whole. In this poem Blake questions, “What immortal hand or eye / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake 3-4). He questions whether the creature’s existence could be the work of God or if it was the work of some other malicious higher power, perhaps Lucifer. Could God, “he who made the Lamb,” be the same creator who made the tyger. If this is true, does this make God merciless? Why would a divine being create such a creature as the tyger? In the poem, “The tiger and his creator are being implicitly compared: both are powerful, both are mysterious; both (perhaps) are dangerous,” but it is impossible to come to a conclusion as to what is true about the creator of this creature (Evans). The poem offers no explanation to the questions it poses; it only leaves these questions for one to

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